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March 2017 Special Immigration Alert

President Trump Issues Revised Executive Order on Travel - Today, President Trump issued a revised executive order on travel that becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on March 16, 2017 (“March 16 EO”). The March 16 EO...more

3/7/2017 - Delinquency Status DHS Enforcement Guidance Executive Orders Foreign Nationals H-1B I-9 IRS Travel Ban Trump Administration USCIS

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Vacate TRO on Trump’s Immigration Order

Late yesterday, in the case of Washington v. Trump, No. 17-35105 (9th Cir. Feb. 9, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a “per curiam” opinion, which refused to vacate the temporary restraining order...more

2/13/2017 - Appeals Executive Orders First Amendment Refugees Religious Discrimination Travel Ban TRO Trump Administration

Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Selected Travel

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (“EO”). In pertinent part, the EO...more

2/7/2017 - Customs and Border Protection DHS Dual Citizenship Executive Orders Immigrants New Guidance Refugees Travel Ban TRO Trump Administration US Department of State USCIS

The Trump Administration’s Recent Executive Orders on Immigration

This past week, the Trump administration issued three executive orders (“EOs”) on immigration. Certain provisions of these EOs may immediately impact the immigration programs of, and foreign nationals (“FNs”) working for, our...more

1/31/2017 - DHS Executive Orders Foreign Nationals Green Cards Immigration Enforcement Immigration Procedures Refugees Stays Travel Ban Trump Administration

December 2016 Special Immigration Alert

USCIS Updates Fee Schedule for Immigration and Naturalization Benefit Requests - On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced a final rule adjusting the fees required for many...more

12/2/2016 - ALJ Class Action Criminal Prosecution Disney World Fraud Hiring & Firing I-9 New Guidance RICO USCIS Visa Bulletins

Premium Processing of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Will Begin on May 12, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions selected for fiscal year 2017 will begin on May 12, 2016. This means that, absent a request for evidence,...more

5/3/2016 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa USCIS Visa Caps

USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Lottery for Fiscal Year 2017

On April 12, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions subject to the quota for fiscal year 2017 (i.e., 65,000 for regular H-1B petitions,...more

4/19/2016 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Lottery Popular USCIS Visa Caps

USCIS Announces That the Congressionally Mandated H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017 Has Been Reached

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the Congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 (“FY17”). This announcement applies to both the general cap of...more

4/12/2016 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps

USCIS Announces That Current Form I-9 Remains in Effect Until Further Notice

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that employers should continue using the current version of Form I-9 until further notice. USCIS guidance was required because the current...more

4/4/2016 - I-9 USCIS

DHS Releases New F-1 STEM OPT Regulations

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued its long-awaited final rule (the “2016 Rule”) allowing F-1 graduates to extend their Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) period if they have a degree in...more

3/21/2016 - Corporate Counsel DHS E-Verify Form F-1 New Regulations Popular STEM

January 2016 Immigration Alert

I. U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Obama Immigration Plan - On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Obama administration’s appeal from the Fifth Circuit decision that enjoined implementation of its...more

1/27/2016 - Deportation Discrimination E-Verify Executive Orders H-1B I-9 Passports Safe Harbors SCOTUS Simeio STEM US Department of State Visa Caps Wage and Hour

District Court Extends Validity of F-1 STEM Rules Until May 10, 2016

On January 23, 2016, the district court in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Civil Action No. 14-529 (D.C.D.C.), issued an order staying its prior decision to vacate the...more

1/26/2016 - DHS Order to Stay STEM

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Issues New Rule for Highly Skilled Workers

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued its long-awaited final rule regarding highly skilled workers from Australia, Chile, Singapore, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”),...more

1/18/2016 - Australia Chile E-3 H-1B1 Singapore USCIS Visas

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2015, and Ends on November 3, 2015

The Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa (“DV-2017”) lottery. The registration period begins on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) and concludes on...more

10/2/2015 - Diversity Lottery Electronic Filing Foreign Nationals Green Cards Required Forms US Department of State Visas

State Department Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin. As we noted in our last Alert, the DOS recently changed the format of its Visa Bulletin to add cutoffs for application dates. These are...more

9/30/2015 - China DHS EB-2 EB-3 Popular US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

DOS and USCIS Revise Permanent Residence Application Procedures

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) jointly announced revisions to the process for determining visa availability that will speed up the...more

9/11/2015 - EB-2 Foreign Nationals US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

August 2015 Immigration Alert

I. USCIS Issues Guidance on When an Amended H-1B Petition Is Required After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC - On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a policy memorandum...more

8/17/2015 - Classification DOL EB-5 FLSA H-1B I-9 Immigration Procedures Labor Contractor Misclassification OCAHO US Department of State USCIS Waivers

Special Immigration Alert: Federal District Court Overturns Regulation Permitting 17-Month F-1/OPT STEM Extensions

On August 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rendered its decision in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Civil Action No. 14-529 (D.D.C. Aug. 12,...more

8/17/2015 - DHS E-Verify Form F-1 Immigration Procedures OPT STEM Technology Sector

May 2015 Special Immigration Alert - Premium Processing Option for H-1B Extensions Is Temporarily Suspended II.USCIS Announces...

I. Premium Processing Option for H-1B Extensions Is Temporarily Suspended - On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will temporarily suspend 15-day premium processing...more

5/26/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Human Resources Professionals Immigration Procedures Popular USCIS

May 2015 Immigration Alert

AAO Issues Precedent Decision Requiring Employers to File Amended Petitions When an H-1B Employee Changes Work Locations - On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) issued an important precedent...more

5/19/2015 - H-1B I-9 L-1B Location Changes NLRB USCIS Visa Bulletins

Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap Is Reached

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016. The USCIS also announced that it had received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B...more

4/9/2015 - H-1B Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based...more

2/27/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS Visas

January 2015 Immigration Alert

Happy New Year!!! All of us in the Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green wish you the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2015. We hope that all your petitions and applications are approved and that...more

1/19/2015 - Barack Obama Executive Orders H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform J-1 Visas OPT US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visa Caps Visas

Special Immigration Alert: 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2014, and Ends on November 3, 2014

The Department of State ("DOS") just announced the registration period for the DV-2016 Diversity Visa ("DV-2016") lottery. It began on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) and will conclude on Monday,...more

10/6/2014 - Diversity Lottery US Department of State Visas

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